This was, by far—-the GREATEST episode EVER! Of all time! I woke up my husband laughing. I wiped away a tear or two. I gasped in astonishment. It was just wonderful!
So, I was right about Cinder be subtle ^_^ Technically, she didn’t do anything at the dance but she did take advantage of everyone being off guard. And can I just say…Cinder= Hot! Okay, I am a girl, but damn. I mean, seriously…damn! And she kicked so much ass, it wasn’t even funny. She was beautiful…. The dust-infused leggings flaring up as she activated her abilities looked so cool! And her double swords—-ooooo! Honestly, I love her style! I so want to know what is driving her!
But so many questions…why did she hit the Transit Tower in Vale? Obviously all the kingdoms have Transit Towers that allow communication between kingdoms—but is there a reason she couldn’t have hit the other ones? My guess is that Vale’s Tower is the central one, acting as the hub for all other communication towers around Remnant. But that can not be right. Atlas has the largest Transit Tower and the first—-so all others should be connected to that one. Now there is the possibility that Vale became the hub—as each tower is developed, the technology would advance (it would, after all, take time to develop and fine-tune). Or is it just timing—-the Vytal festival being held in Vale, so Vale’s Transit tower became the target. Another possibility is just the symbology—Vale and/or Beacon royally screwed Cinder over, so she wanted them to know she was after them.
Seriously. I think the *why* is far more interesting to me than *what’s gonna happen next?* but they are really close ^_^
Her message was both cryptic and telling. Back in Volume 1, Qrow sent a message that the “Queen has Pawns.” This whole chess theme is continuing on throughout the series, which makes me think back to that wacky theory long ago. It may need some fine-tuning, but I am going to wait for the close of the Volume before I do that. Anyway—“Queen has Pawns” “I’m queen of the castle” and the symbol of the Queen Chess piece on the computer screens of the tower.
I am pretty sure that she just dropped a major virus into the system, effectively isolating the kingdoms from communication—or at least Vale. Vale, being isolated while holding all the young would-be huntsmen for one of the biggest festivals held in the world. God, that spells trouble with a capital “TROUBLE.” But it seems it won’t be instant—-and this is only part of her plan for phase 2. So if subtle and subterfuge are her middle names, what would be the next target… I have a few things on the back burner. I will have to put this speculation there, though I may try to get to it sooner than the others.
Now I have no proof of this, but I am pretty sure that Cinder was making her dress in that scene long ago. The kind of outfit she had for the attack on the Tower was something she probably had packed and ready. It would have been too suspicious for her to be making her assassin outfit in the dorms. Also, I think a Dust-infused outfit takes a lot more time to make.
I think a lot of people really want Ruby to recognize Cinder because of hair-style and her fighting method. Hmm… I am not sure how I feel about that. You see, one thing I noticed is that when Aura is used as a shield, it is used pretty similarly. It is a projection of the aura into a solid form to block attacks. I think anyone with enough control over their aura can do that, so I don’t think that would be a tip off. As for the other forms of fighting—-if I recall (and I could be off) Glynda also did a similar crystal attack, and Fire seems to be a basic Dust element. But then again, the *way* that Cinder used those elements, I think, is unique. I don’t think that there is a connection to make with hair styles. Hair is hair and people often have similar styles. ::shrugs:: But I think the big thing is that—-when she first fought Cinder, it was during a Dust robbery. This time, it was sabotage of the Transit Towers. How many people would make a connection between the two? Okay—-let me rephrase that. How many *kids*? It could well be that she does recognize her for that same fighter several several months ago (we are in semester two now, right?) but that was a long time ago. Considering the fact that she has been in training for at least half a year now, and done many mock battles and training with various styles, she could have forgotten. But then again, that fight with Cinder in the first volume was also how she got into Beacon, so she might remember it.
And did Cinder just do a Magical Girl Wardrobe change?
I love the dance seen—-we so much more about the characters and their personalities. As I had said before, we really couldn’t trust Weiss’ face during the dance (was that here on the blog or on the FB group? I can’t remember). The only thing we really had to go on was Neptune’s stance and facial expressions which screamed rejection the more I looked at it. Weiss did a really good job of hiding any hurt feelings—-just like she was trained to do. What I love about this scene is that we get to see why Pyrrha likes Jaune. He may be dense, but he is very loyal. Like a true Knight. He has as sense of justice and honor, and he stands by that to the end. As much as you might want to hit him for not seeing the obvious, he is a really good guy. When you think about it, he did persist Weiss when he thought she was available. But the moment he saw that she was interested in someone else, he completely backed off. And then when he found out that the person had rejected her—instead of going to swoop in on Weiss, he went after the guy in question. That says an awful lot about his personality. True, it may not be love love, but his sense of honor is so strong. Damn it, I am starting to crush on him.
Before attacking Neptune, he saw Pyrrha and immediately went after her instead of his first goal. That shows his priorities. I think when he saw her on the stairs alone, he kind of knew that she didn’t have a date, but he didn’t believe it. He was fishing for information when he started that conversation with her, trying to feel out what kind of person she was and not really understanding her mood. His shock was genuine, but I think he had some awareness…even if he himself wasn’t aware. Pyrrha was exactly as I thought—-as many people thought. The perfect warrior whom everyone ignores and feels can’t match up to her. But at least she followed her own advise and was completely honest with him. She even confessed to him, but he probably missed it.
I loved the talk between Neptune and Jaune. What we are seeing is a constant theme of the people we think are perfect actually aren’t. Pyrrha is isolated from normal relationships. Weiss is constantly under pressure for social reasons. Even Neptune admits that he works hard to be cool—and I don’t doubt that. People like those three are constantly under scrutiny. Everyone has these unrealistic expectations of them, and they feel like they have to match those expectations. Thus Neptune’s embarrassment about being unable to dance. While Jaune did kind of use some of Pyrrha’s advice, he tailored it very well specifically for Neptune, and he called out his playboy antiques on him. Jaune won’t stand by and let Neptune manipulate or hurt Weiss—-he won’t let anyone do that. He is a good guy.
Not only is Jaune a good guy, but he keeps his word. He had told Pyrrha that he would wear a dress if she didn’t have a date, and he took it seriously. Sure, he had said it as a joke, but his word is still his bond. He will keep his promises, even if it costs him his life. Oh god, I see some sad sad stuff in the future.
And cue all the fandoms going wild over Ren and Nora dancing together! God this episode is just fanning the flames of the Shipdom haha. But her comment was the best—-“This is happening!” She is so the personification of the shipdoms. Love her! And Ren is just so clueless it is adorable.
Okay—-dancing scene of JNPR. Can we say EPIC beyond EPICNESS?? It was just so perfect and unexpected! This is part of the reason why this episode is my favorite so far.
It is nice that we get a little insight as to what Neptune and Weiss are talking about. It seems like he told her why he rejected her, and she is asking why he changed his mind. Her surprised and baffled look when he said it was Jaune, and pointed to the man wearing the dress dancing…that was just beautiful. But there is also a twitch in her face…very subtle. Kind of like OMG but also like her eyes were opening up a little, like she was seeing Jaune for the first time as something more than the annoying stalker who was only after her name. What that will mean in the future is hard to say. While I am not sure how the relationship will pan out between Neptune and Weiss, I think that it is going to be an important growth for her. And him, apparently.
Okay. A lot of people are a little miffed and perplexed that Yang is without a date. I think this was totally expected for several reasons. First off, her little sister doesn’t have a date—actually, probably can’t have a date. It may be a kind of support thing for her sister, who already feels so isolated at Beacon. But I think the main reason is that—no one interests her right now. Yang has already indicated that she is still obsessed with finding out what happened to her own mother. Yang is also far more mature than most 17 years old, and for obvious reasons. I imagine that she has extremely high expectations, and while she is flirty and playful, she doesn’t lead people on. A serious relationship is not going to come easily to her because not many people will match up her standards, and honestly, I don’t think she wants one right now. She has her sister to look out for, huntsmen training to complete, her mother’s disappearance to look out for, and the issue with the White Fang. Her plate is kind of full and she learned long ago to pace herself.
Penny! Oh my god so adorable!!!!! I love her dancing with her guard and doing the robot earlier ^_^ And Glynda dancing with Ironwood hehe. ^_^ Just lots of cute things here and there. In the last episode, it was pointed out that Daft Punk-style DJs are in the house and you see them again here.
Ahhh Cinderella references galore! XD Cinder making her own dress, being home by midnight to be safe…heheh
I do love Ruby slipping away from the party—-it was perfectly natural. She has been pining for her cloak and combat boots since she walked through the door, so for her to take that moment while everyone is dancing to slip out is perfect. And there were a lot of little things, such as Ruby stumbling a little in her heels—though it didn’t seem to affect her fighting and running XD But that is cool.
I am trying to think of all the other little references, such as the Red and Blue Guards..but it was like that since the first time we saw them. so no big surprise. The guards at the tower are all in Yellow, so hello Griff…oh wait ,that is an orange color, isn’t it XD Now, I wonder what the WiFi password was. Probably a podcast I haven’t seen yet ^_^
I have to admit. I love how she just walks into the elevator like normal and doesn’t do a damn thing until the door closes. That was just…god, great. hehe.
I am also really glad they showed how those lockers are used. It was nice to see it in effect and kind of tie in the things they are learning at Beacon to actual combat.
Okay…as you can tell, I am watching the video again while I write this ^_^ As Cinder walks out of the Elevator, she is looking at something and says it is handy. Perhaps it was a key card or something with information on the control system, thus making her access into the computers easier. Or maybe it will pop up in use later, or more often if it has multiple password information and security codes, or important names.
So as Cinder takes a seat, she is notified that a guest is leaving—-but apparently, Emerald and Mercury didn’t see Ruby leave because they say it is Ironwood. Good for Ruby—obfuscate level 2 or 3 I bet :) Apparently, Cinder is not really concerned about it, since whatever she was doing is complete. So maybe Ironwood is not in league with? Or maybe he doesn’t know who she is or anything about this part of the plan? Hmm…
Sword-bow. This is kind of similar to an idea I had of my own. Not quite, but kind of. So awesome. I do like how Ruby looks at the elevator and grins, thinking she has backup because I guess she recognizes the General, and then Cinder is gone. And then—-hey, I thought only good guys could do the magical girl costume change! Of course, it is another Cinderella reference :) But still, it caught me off guard. Not only that, but the midnight bell chiming, and them showing midnight on the computer screens with the Queen on the screens.
At the end, we have a deflated Ruby sitting like a scolded puppy while Ironwood approaching her like..well, a General. It certainly didn’t look good—the place a mess, guards unconscious, and Ruby there with her weapon out. She probably tried to explain to Ironwood in Ruby-fashion what happened, but he wouldn’t listen. Probably we will see the two of them talking in Episode 10. It will be interesting to see how that conversation will go. I imagine he is going to ignore her because she is so young…it is one of the draw backs of being the youngest student at such a school. Most likely, Ozpin will believe Ruby but not show his support directly. She will miss it and be kind of upset about it. Of course, this will drive home to her and the rest of the team to be more dedicated to their mission.
Well, time for afterbuzz. Let’s see if we get more information! ^_^